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A South Uist nurse has received a prestigious award to investigate strategies for tackling Lyme disease.


Isabell MacInnes has won a Churchill Fellowship which offers an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel the world and research cutting-edge solutions to important topical issues.


Ms MacInnes from Stoneybridge will be travelling to Canada, France and the USA for her research project.


Extremely high numbers of people have been infected with Lyme disease in Uist


The Western Isles account for more confirmed cases of the disease than any other part of the UK and it is more prevalent in the Southern Isles..


Between 2010 and 2013, there were 33 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the Western Isles, with around six confirmed cases in 2016 alone. The UK national average is 1,200 cases.


The fellowship is supported by the Burdett Trust for Nursing.


“Churchill Fellows search the world for ways to improve their communities and professions,” said Julia Weston, chief executive of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT).


150 Churchill Fellowships are awarded each year to UK citizens aged over 18 who want to research innovative ideas or best practice in a subject of their choice overseas.


Everyone can apply and applicants come from all backgrounds: no qualifications are required.


Applications open on 27 April for next year’s fellowships.


Churchill Fellowships are awarded by The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT), a UK charity set up in 1965 on the death of Sir Winston Churchill as a public memorial to his leadership.


The aim is to explore global best practice in the issues facing Britain today, and bring back global insights to improve communities and professions across the UK.


The fellowships address contemporary issues, develop knowledge leaders and offer transformative opportunities to outstanding individuals.




Uist nurse embarks on international research into tackling Lyme disease

11 March 2018